Eric-Mark Huitema

Right now, Europe’s auto makers are preparing for the introduction of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure, better known by its acronym WLTP. WLTP is a more rigorous laboratory test for measuring pollutant and CO2 emissions from passenger cars that will come into force later this year. From September 2017, WLTP will officially apply… » read more

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As ACEA we believe that vehicle producers, policymakers and consumers alike need a robust process to ensure that motor vehicles meet relevant standards before they are brought on the market. That’s why the automobile industry supports the core objectives of the European Commission’s proposal for a new type approval framework. This proposal seeks to strengthen… » read more

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This Saturday it is exactly six decades ago that the foundations of the EU were laid with the Treaty of Rome. On behalf of the 15 European automobile manufacturers, I would like to congratulate Europe on its 60th anniversary. In these times, when principles such as free trade and the freedom of movement are under… » read more

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When vehicles are discussed from a policy perspective here in Brussels, I often caution other stakeholders that they shouldn’t lose sight of the many different roles that motor vehicles play in our daily lives. This is especially the case when talking about light commercial vehicles, or vans as they are commonly referred to. Light commercial… » read more

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Traditionally, the new year in Brussels kicks off with the annual European Motor Show. The 2017 edition paid special attention to commercial vehicles with a dedicated Truck & Transport exhibition. ACEA took this opportunity to organise a special tour on truck safety for European policy makers and road safety experts dealing with heavy-duty vehicles. The… » read more

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At the beginning of December, ACEA organised its second passenger car conference entitled ‘Smart cars: Driven by data’. Our first car conference, held two years ago, gave a broad overview of the benefits and implications of the connected car. ACEA’s second car event proved to be an excellent opportunity to zoom in on what is… » read more

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Although ratification of the ambitious climate agreement that was reached in Paris at the end of 2015 is still ongoing, Marrakech hosted a follow-up conference last month. The main objective of this COP22 gathering was to translate the ambitions of the first universal climate agreement into an agenda for concrete action. Here at ACEA, we… » read more

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While digital innovation in the automotive industry has traditionally focused on optimising the vehicle’s internal functions, attention is now turning to developing the car’s ability to connect with the outside world (including infrastructure, third-party services and of course other vehicles), as well as to the introduction of vehicles with increasing levels of automated-driving functions. Indeed,… » read more

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    While market acceptance of alternative-fuel vehicles is rising, we should not forget that they still only represent a very small share of vehicle sales in Europe. It thus remains vital that all relevant players, including policy makers, continue to strive to remove the barriers that hamper the wider market uptake of alternative-fuel vehicles… » read more

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Last year the EU automobile industry exported more than 6.2 million vehicles, generating a positive trade balance for Europe in excess of €100 billion. The United States is by far the biggest market for European motor vehicles, accounting for more than 20% of exports (or about 1.3 million units). The other way round, the United… » read more

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